• Railroad volunteers await arrival of No. 470

    Railroad volunteers await arrival of No. 470

    ELLSWORTH — Downeast Scenic Railroad volunteers are readying Track 7 for the arrival next year of the last steam locomotive operated by Maine Central Railroad. That fabled locomotive, known among rail enthusiasts as No. 470, was built in 1924 and was retired after its final round-trip run from Portland to Bangor on June 13, 1954.

  • Wet road contributes to Trenton crash

    Wet road contributes to Trenton crash

    TRENTON — Heavy rains contributed to a crash Wednesday on Route 3 near the Trenton town line, police reported. Hancock County Deputy Jacob Day said a car hydroplaned, which caused it to go off the roadway, hit a guardrail and actually drive up on top of the guardrail, causing extensive damage to the vehicle. The

  • Grand troupe scores with “Spamalot”

    Grand troupe scores with “Spamalot”

    ELLSWORTH — It has been a long, long time since The Grand Auditorium — once a shining example of community theater at its best — has produced its own full-scale musical production. Well, the wait is over. Not only is The Grand back in the business of making shows, it is demonstrating with its current

  • Chapman, Walsh talk welfare, education at Blue Hill forum

    BLUE HILL — Candidates for House District 133 squared off at a forum sponsored by the Hancock County League of Women Voters Oct. 14 at the Blue Hill Library. State Rep. Ralph Chapman (D-Brooksville) is seeking re-election. He is being challenged by Republican Sue Walsh of Blue Hill. District 133 encompasses Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, Sedgwick

  • Surry to vote on lot sizes question

    SURRY — Residents will vote on a local question on the Nov. 4 ballot concerning the expansion of minimum lot sizes in the town’s rural zone. Residents will be asked to decide whether they favor expanding a minimum lot size in the rural zone from one acre to two acres. The rural zone includes coastal

  • Age just a number for area marathoner

    Age just a number for area marathoner

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mary Ellen Martel said the walking started out as testament to the fact that 60 does not mean life is over, that 60 is not old. She more than proved that by completing the MDI Marathon — with the final leg ending just minutes from her door in Southwest Harbor. “I walked

  • Council OKs adding deputy city manager

    Council OKs adding deputy city manager

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the creation of a deputy city manager post within City Hall. The job will be part time, however, and will be filled by a veteran City Hall employee — who also will retain the duties she currently has there. Finance Director Tammy Mote will

  • Shrimp news looks bad

    Shrimp news looks bad

    ELLSWORTH — The technical committee that gives scientific advice to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s section that manages the shrimp fishery met Wednesday afternoon in Portland to review the latest stock assessment data collected during ASMFC’s July and August trawl survey and the news coming out of the meeting was bleak. Department of Marine

  • Talk at Bay School set for Oct. 28

    BLUE HILL — Ivan Karakashian, advocacy unit coordinator for Defense for Children International, Palestine (DCIP), will speak in Blue Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Bay School’s Emlen Hall. DCIP is an independent children’s rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living under